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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

‘Global’ Geopolitics
‘Global’ geopolitics
The Global

According to Martin Albrow (1997) we now live in ‘the Global Age’, a historical designation that comes temporally after modernity and that suggests a qualitatively different era. Contemporary accelerations and the increasing importance of television events suggest a new sense of the world, a common understanding of being residents of a single planetary entity, a sense of ‘globality’. Global suggests both large scales incorporating all of humanity and its biosphere while simultaneously the proximity and interconnectedness of this totality.

The invocation of ‘the global’ became commonplace in the 1990s. It appears as an obvious natural entity but also frequently refers to social, cultural, political and especially economic matters. It invokes an adjectival sense of being all-encompassing, while simultaneously ‘grounding’ meaning in a ...

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